Weed and Pest Control
Weed control is as much a contest of knowledge and planning as it is reacting to "plants out of place." Many weed problems can be prevented to a great extent by putting desirable plants in the right place.
As you lie in your
lounge chair and listen to the gurgling of a small stream and the
chirping of some nearby birds, the sun's rays are luring you into a nap.
The light touch of one of the plants near the water's edge tickles your
leg and you're awakened out of your
lazy daydreaming. You get up to look at the water and are greeted by
several colorful koi fish that dart playfully around beneath you.
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Weed and Pest Control
If you ask a group of landscape professionals why they practice Integrated
Pest Management, you’ll get a variety of answers. Some are driven primarily
by a concern for the environment. Others do it to protect themselves
and their clients from unnecessary exposure to chemicals.
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars
on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year,
your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks
or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount
of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s
got to be a better way and there is.
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right.
“We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”
We've all seen those slimy green
scums on ponds, lakes, or pools.
They're called algae. And they
stubbornly occur in water -- the
one place in a landscape that
shouldn't look green. But what are
algae? Where did they come from?
What kind of damage can they do?
Are they really that bad?
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON
Dohren, owner of San Jose, California-
based Landmark Landscapes,
had a successful woodworking
business. Then he saw an
opportunity in the landscaping
business and decided to change
A landscape maintenance contractor
has just finished work on a
residential yard. The homeowner
asks the contractor to take a look
at one of her trees while he’s there.
Several large branches are growing
into an overhanging balcony and
the owner wants the tree cut back
a few feet.